The majority of our rolling stock is owned by private individuals and SRC's aim is to operate and display stock that is representative of a 1950's railway. The railway operating companies that used KSE were as follows:
- South Durham and Lancashire Union Railway (SDLUR) - the company that built the line for the Stockton and Darlington Railway Company
- North Eastern Railway (NER)
- London North Eastern Railway (LNER)
- Midland Railway (MR)
- British Railways (BR)
We therefore can run and display stock that represents these eras.
Our Steam locomotives on site include 910 from Locomotion at Shildon, a facility that is part of the National Railway Museum. 910 was operated by the NER and it is a static exhibit. 'FC Tingey' No 2084 is an 0-4-0 industrial saddle-tank Peckett locomotive which operates our passenger services. The owner has added a SDLUR crest to the locomotive to represent the company that built the line and it is currently in BR black livery and as such is a living embodiment of the history of the line.
An 0-6-0 Austerity locomotive (6)8009 is also on site and currently undergoing an overhaul it was run by both LNER and BR.
The last remaining J21 No: 65033 owned by the Locomotive Conservation and Learning Trust (LCLT) is currently off site being restored. The J21 class were the 'work-horses' of the Stainmore Route and 65033 will be based at KSE once it is restored.
KSE ceased to operate passenger services after 1962 and remained open to freight from Hartley Quarry until 1975. SRC have therefore chosen to just run industrial diesel locomotives at KSE. 0-4-0 Hibberd Diesel Mechanical locomotive 'Elizabeth' operates on our passenger services and was based at Hartley Quarry from new in 1962.
In June 2014 'Stanton 50' 0-6-0 DHE made by the Yorkshire Engine Company in 1958 arrived from Nene Valley Railway.
Due to mechanical problems Stanton 50 is not operational for the 2020 season.
Please check out our pages for more information on our locomotives and rolling stock at KSE